Prince William Called for Donations Towards Coronavirus Appeal & Nearly $13M Has Been Raised
One week after the UK royal made an urgent call for the nation to work together as one to face this unprecedented health crisis, the results have been promising.
On March 18, 2020, 37-year-old Prince William addressed the UK people in a video message asking those with the means to help fund charities that help the most vulnerable amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Back then, the Duke of Cambridge echoed the appeal of the National Emergencies Trust in partnership with the British Red Cross.
Update from the Chair of the National Emergencies Trust, Lord Dannatt Just under £12 million raised now. https://t.co/ruKWIBR9jg— National Emergencies Trust - #NETCoronavirusAppeal (@NatEmergTrust) March 26, 2020
Now, a week after William used his platform to sponsor the campaign, the National Emergencies Trust took to their social media to share that the Prince’s call to action has been fruitful.
“Almost £11m raised in the first week of the Coronavirus Appeal. The first allocations of nearly £2.5m will be going out to front line charities to help those most in need today,” read the Trust’s March 26 tweet.
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Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most. • The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus. • But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good. • Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. • They need our support as much as we need theirs. • All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable. • That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus. • — The Duke of Cambridge
The National Emergencies Trust also released a press communicate on its website, with chairman Lord Dannatt stating:
“We are calling on everyone, even at this unsettling time to dig deep and make a contribution. That generosity will ensure that we get through this unprecedented time.”
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Whenever and wherever adversity strikes, the people of the UK have a unique ability to pull together. The way that local communities support those affected shows the very best of our values and human nature. The public’s desire to help in the wake of tragedy needs to be managed and channelled in the best possible way - which is why the establishment of the National Emergencies Trust was so important. The NET has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities support individuals suffering hardship as a result of the #coronavirus outbreak. Visit @national_emergencies_trust_ or the link in our bio to find out more.
Rosemary Macdonald, Interim CEO of UK Community Foundations, assured that the 46 community foundations belonging to the network will be most effective in channeling the donations so they reach the most vulnerable groups.
“Never before have we had to pull together so quickly to support the most vulnerable in our society,” Macdonald stressed.
A great surprise for frontline staff battling #coronavirus 💪— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) March 20, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the London Ambulance Service 111 control room in Croydon earlier today to meet staff who have been taking NHS 111 calls from the public. #PrinceWilliam #KateMiddleton pic.twitter.com/xvkv2qlcsy
THE DUKE AND DUCHESS VISIT NHS CENTER
Two days after talking to his co-nationals about the coronavirus in public for the first time, William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, showed up at a NHS (National Health Service) call center to support their work.The royals visited the 111 call center in Croydon, south London, and after touring the facility to learn more about how they are responding to the covid-19 outbreak, William gave a brief speech.
“Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. They need our support as much as we need theirs,” he reminded.
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